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American Sign Language/English Interpreting (INT)

The ASL/English Interpreting (INT) curriculum prepares students to work as professional interpreters with Deaf and non-deaf (hearing) people. The goal of the ASL/English interpreter is to make communication as complete and equal as possible for both Deaf and non-deaf participants by accurately conveying the thoughts, feelings, words, attitudes and meanings of the message, whether it is expressed in spoken English, American Sign Language (ASL) or other forms of signed communication. Thus, interpreters must be bilingual, skilled in both English and ASL, and bicultural, knowledgeable about the cultures of both Deaf and non-deaf people.

A skilled interpreter must also be versatile, mature and flexible in order to successfully work with people from a variety of backgrounds with diverse communication needs. The field encompasses a multitude of situations and settings, including medical, legal and psychological, that frequently contain sensitive and personal issues. In responding to these situations it is the interpreter's professional responsibility to thoroughly understand, and adhere to, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. Code of Professional Conduct. It is therefore imperative that interpreters also be of high moral character, nonjudgmental and well-informed in order to be able to meet the challenges which arise in these sensitive, diverse and ever-changing situations.

The INT curriculum covers a variety of subject areas, including Deaf culture, structure of ASL, comparative English and ASL, professional practices and ethics, interpreting processes in theory and application, and guided skill development in ASL and interpreting with diagnostic feedback. The INT lab offers practice opportunities in both video and digital formats in a small group, supportive environment.

In addition to traditional classroom lectures and laboratory activities, the curriculum utilizes hands-on experience through fieldwork, guest lectures, observations and internships. Cooperative relationships with professional and community agencies and organizations are maintained to provide opportunities for networking and interaction with the Deaf community, as well as the professional interpreting community.

The INT program prepares students for entry-level work as interpreters. It also prepares students for the national certification evaluation given by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID). For the majority of students, however, several years of professional work experience after graduation are needed before certification can be attained. Students completing the curriculum receive an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Beginning July 1st, 2012 RID will require a Bachelor's degree in any major in order to take the national certification exam. In order to meet that requirement, CCP has developed collaborations with baccalaureate institutions to provide suitable options to students graduating with the A.A.S.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this curriculum, the student will be able to:
completion of this curriculum, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced ASL proficiency and Deaf culture awareness as it applies to a wide variety of deaf-hearing interaction settings and participants
  • Practice ethical standards of interpreting as they apply to the role and function of interpreters described within the RID Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Work effectively with other members of their profession in collegial ways to support their Deaf and non-deaf clients.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess and analyze one's own competencies in order to identify areas of need for continuing education and professional development
  • Demonstrate interpreting and transliterating competence necessary for effective facilitation of communication in a variety of settings.

Program Entry Requirements:
ASL/English Interpreting program students must be English 101 ready. Developmental coursework must be completed before admittance into the program. To be accepted into the ASL/English Interpreting program students must earn a minimum grade of "B" in both ASL 101 and ASL 102 (both program prerequisites). Applicants to the ASL/English Interpreting program who have not taken ASL 101 and/or ASL 102, and who have prior experience with the language of ASL, may request a proficiency screening for acceptance and placement in the program.

Applicants requesting transfer of ASL courses from another college must have earned a minimum grade of "B" in ASL 101, 102, 201 and 202 equivalents at their former college(s) for these courses to be transferable.

Program Retention Criteria:
A student who demonstrates attitudes and behavior viewed as inconsistent with professional ASL/English interpreting standards may be dropped from the curriculum pending a departmental hearing.

ASL skills can diminish over time if not used regularly. Therefore, it is recommended that students who leave the program for more than one year and wish to return be evaluated by a faculty member for the need to retake coursework previously taken.

Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements:
To qualify for an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in ASL/English Interpreting, a student must complete 67 credits as prescribed, have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, and a "C" or better in all ASL, ENGL and INT courses.

ASL/English Interpreting Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

Summer Session I

ASL 201 - Intermediate American
Sign Language I
ASL 102 (or Program placement) 3 Am/Global Diversity
ENGL 101 - English Composition 3 ENGL 101

Summer Session II

ASL 202 - Intermediate American Sign Language II ASL 201 3
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 Tech Comp

First Semester

ASL 230 - Structure of American Sign Language ASL 202 with a "B" grade or higher, ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3
ASL 231 - Advanced American Sign Language I ASL 202 with a "B" grade or higher 3 Am/Global Diversity
INT 105 - Introduction to American Deaf Community 3
ASL 215 - ASL Fingerspelling & Numbers ASL 202 with a "B" grade or higher 3

Second Semester

ASL 232 - Advanced American Sign Language II ASL 231 with a "C" grade or higher 3
INT 106 - American Deaf Culture INT 105 with a "C" grade or higher 3
INT 240 - Introduction to the Field of ASL/English Interpreting ASL 230, ASL 231, INT 105, ENGL 101 all with a "C" grade or higher, Pre- or coreq: INT 242 3
INT 242 - Introduction to Interpreting Processes ASL 215, ASL 230, ASL 231 all with a "C" grade or higher, Pre- or coreq: INT 240 3

Summer Session I

INT 251 - ASL/English Interpreting I ASL 230, ASL 232, INT 240, INT 242 all with a "C" grade or higher 3
Science Elective 3/4 Natural Science

Summer Session II

Math Elective (MATH 118 or higher) 3 Mathematics
Humanities Elective (Choose one of the following) ENGL 115, ENGL 116, ENGL 120 or ENGL 131 3 Humanities

Third Semester

INT 252 - ASL/English Interpreting II INT 251 with a "C" grade or higher 3
INT 255 - Transliterating INT 251 with a "C" grade or higher 3
Social Science Elective 3 Social Sciences
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a "C" grade or higher 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit

Fourth Semester

INT 260 - Interpreting in Specialized Settings Pre- or coreq: INT 252 3
INT 297 - Internship in Interpreting
INT 252, INT 255 both with a "C" grade or higher 4  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 67

General Education Requirements
All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement and the Interpretive Studies requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive and one course that is designated Interpretive Studies. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.